Rounding the Corner into Thanksgiving week
There is nothing like sitting in a church meeting next to a friend of a different faith to make me thoroughly aware of all the oddities and eddies of culture which surround the doctrines of my faith. I loved hearing the questions they had, because it prompted me to re-examine and think about customs which had become invisible to me. I also loved the comparative religion discussions which followed. For the most part our conversations have stayed in the realm of general faith and culture without delving into doctrinal comparisons, but even these conversations have me noticing how the doctrines of my faith drive the culture of my church and my house. This is as it should be. The things we believe should shape every facet of our lives. I think about that when I’m contemplating the atonement or eternal life after death. These things are huge and important, yet I still run around as if the world will end unless I answer emails promptly. Perspective readjustment is one of the reasons I attend church every week.
Our friends will leave in just two more days. Then our house will feel empty with just six of us here. The way these friends just folded right into our household routines has been lovely. Also they cook really yummy food. I’m a little bit sad that they won’t be here for the actual Thanksgiving feast, because I’m sure that would be amazing. As it is, we’ll probably do a repeat of the year when each family member picked a dish to prepare. I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to having vacationy days as well.
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